Iowa GOP to Seek Elimination of Concealed Carry Permit Requirement

A person has his fingerprints taken as part of a Utah concealed gun carry permit class, at Range Master of Utah, on January 9, 2016 in Springville, Utah.Utahs permits, available for a fee to non-residents who meet certain requirements, are among the most popular in the country because they are …
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Iowa’s Republican lawmakers plan to pursue the elimination of a concealed carry permit requirement in the state once this year’s legislative session begins.

Iowa Republicans have been actively seeking to enhance the exercise of Second Amendment rights in their state for some time.

For example, on April 13, 2017, Breitbart News reported that Gov. Terry Branstad (R) signed a “Stand Your Ground” law into place. Radio Iowa reported that legislation signed by Branstad also recognized the legality of “children under the age of 14… [to] handle a pistol or handgun if they’re supervised by a parent.”

The Sioux City Journal reports that Republicans plan a push to eliminate the state’s concealed carry requirement in the coming legislative session. This would make the Second Amendment a valid permit throughout the state.

Republicans are also seeking to a resolution to the Iowa Constitution that borrows language from the Second Amendment.

The resolution says: “The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed. The sovereign state of Iowa affirms and recognizes this right to be a fundamental individual right. Any and all restrictions of this right shall be subject to strict scrutiny.”

Iowa is one of four states considering the elimination of concealed carry permit requirements this legislative session. The other three are Texas, Oklahoma, and South Dakota.

AWR Hawkins is an award-winning Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart News, the host of the Breitbart podcast Bullets with AWR Hawkins, and the writer/curator of Down Range with AWR Hawkins, a weekly newsletter focused on all things Second Amendment, also for Breitbart News. He is the political analyst for Armed American Radio. Follow him on Twitter: @AWRHawkins. Reach him directly at Sign up to get Down Range at


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